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john_chancellorShenandoah Chief of Police John Chancellor will take over as the 57th President of the Texas Police Chief’s Association (TPCA) following a ceremony in Houston on October 3, 2014 where new officers will be inducted. Officers are elected by members of the TPCA and serve one year terms.

The TPCA was founded in 1958 with the mission of promoting, encouraging and advancing the professional development of chiefs of police and senior police management personnel throughout Texas. Chancellor has served as the first vice president of the TPCA for the last year.

Chief Chancellor has been over the Shenandoah Police Department for 18 years and has led the department through the city’s evolution from a small community into a thriving commercial area. The Shenandoah Police Department has 24 full time officers and is considered one of the best equipped and most well trained police departments in the state.

“Having known Chief Chancellor for a number of years, I have always been impressed with not only his professionalism but his wiliness to take on any project in which he thought he could make a positive impact,” said James McLaughlin, TPCA Executive Director.

Chief Chancellor served as TPCA Legislative Committee Chair during the 81st through 83rd legislative sessions. This committee monitored pending legislation with potential impact municipalities and law enforcement agencies. He has also been the TPCA LEMIT Liaison over the last year.

He has also been actively involved on the Texas Municipal League’s (TML) Legislative Policy Committee on General Government. This committee helps shape policies that affect Texas cities and is formed by “topic specific” subcommittees that focus on Regulation of Development, Revenue and Finance, and Transportation and Rights-of-Way.

During Chancellor’s tenure with Shenandoah, the police department adopted the Areas of Responsibility (AOR) program, an innovative method of increased interaction between officers and citizens. The program has built stronger relationships between the police department and the City’s residents and businesses, which has led to improved public safety and enhanced communication.

Among other initiatives, the Shenandoah Police Department has been a TPCA Law Enforcement Best Practices Recognized law enforcement agency for five years. Shenandoah was the first agency in Montgomery County to achieve this recognition and is one of 100 out of 2,636 agencies statewide. This recognition lasts four years and Shenandoah has been certified twice to date.

In 2008, Shenandoah was also the first agency statewide to hold both the TPCA recognition and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) recognition at the same time.

“We are proud of Chief Chancellor’s service to the TPCA and it is an honor for him to be elected as the next President,” said Shenandoah City Administrator Greg Smith. “He will represent Shenandoah with professionalism and will effectively lead the TPCA in its continuing mission to support law enforcement in municipalities across the state.”

“I am grateful for the support of the Shenandoah leadership as I accept this honor,” said Chief Chancellor. “I look forward to getting to work with the TPCA staff and other board members to further develop key programs and goals that have been in the planning stages.”

The TPCA is based in Elgin, Texas and currently has 1,000 members. Learn more about the TPCA at www.texaspolicechiefs.org.

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